Grosses

'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' #1, But Below Its Predecessor with $30.3M; 'Black Mass' #2 with $22.6M Start; 'Everest' Climbs to Promising $7.2M in IMAX/PLF DebutSeptember 21, 2015 12:54 PM

by Daniel Garris

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials debuted in first this weekend with $30.32 million. However, the young adult sequel from Fox debuted significantly below expectations and an underwhelming 7 percent below the $32.51 million debut of last year's The Maze Runner. With that said, without adjusting for ticket price inflation The Scorch Trials delivered the eighth largest September debut of all-time (just ahead of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials outpaced Black Mass by a comfortable $7.68 million in the battle for first place this weekend.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened with $11.00 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.7 million from Thursday night shows), increased 11 percent on Saturday to gross $12.25 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.07 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.76 to 1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which was just below the A- CinemaScore rating of its predecessor. That and the film's sequel nature suggest that The Scorch Trials won't hold up as well in comparison going forward.

Warner's Black Mass debuted in second place with $22.64 million. While the Johnny Depp led crime drama didn't nearly reach the heights that its strong online pre-sales had suggested, the film was still off to a solid start and opened in line with low-end and earlier expectations. Given its moderate price tag, the film's debut was arguably Depp's strongest since the launch of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back in 2011. Black Mass opened just 5 percent below the $23.81 million start of 2010's The Town, but whether it can duplicate that film's holding power remains to be seen.

Black Mass started with $8.77 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.4 million from Thursday night shows), was unchanged on Saturday with $8.77 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.10 million. That gave the film a relatively front-loaded opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.58 to 1, which isn't the greatest initial sign for the film. Black Mass received a B rating on CinemaScore, which while respectable, doesn't suggest that the film will hold up especially well going forward.

Universal's The Visit placed in third with $11.57 million. The low-budget M. Night Shyamalan directed horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions was down 55 percent from last weekend. That represented a sizable, but respectable second weekend decline, especially given the overall new competition that arrived in the marketplace this weekend. The Visit continues to exceed expectations with a ten-day take of $42.56 million. That places the film 32 percent ahead of the $32.20 million ten-day gross of 2006's Lady in the Water.

Last weekend's top film, Sony's The Perfect Guy was down three spots and a sharp 62 percent to land in fourth with $9.75 million. Despite the sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the low-budget thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut is still performing very nicely with a ten-day gross of $41.46 million. That places The Perfect Guy 4 percent ahead of the $39.70 million ten-day take of last year's No Good Deed.

Everest was off to a healthy fifth place start this weekend with $7.22 million. Universal's adventure drama opened exclusively in 545 IMAX 3D and PLF 3D locations, which gave the film a very promising per-location average of $13,251 for the frame. Everest took in $2.30 million on Friday, was up an encouraging 30 percent on Saturday to gross $2.99 million and declined 36 percent on Sunday to gross $1.93 million. That placed the film's weekend to Friday ratio at a strong 3.14 to 1. Given the strength of this weekend's exclusive debut, prospects are looking bright for Everest when it expands into traditional wide release next weekend.

Sony's War Room continued to hold up very nicely this weekend with a sixth place take of $6.22 million. Continued strong word of mouth continues to drive the Kendrick Brothers produced faith based film, as it was down a slim 20 percent from last weekend. War Room has grossed a terrific $49.05 million in 24 days. The film is currently running 20 percent stronger than the $40.90 million 24-day take of last year's God's Not Dead.

Meanwhile, as War Room continued to excel this weekend, fellow faith based film Captive stumbled out of the gate with an eleventh place start of just $1.39 million. The drama thriller from Paramount starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo opened below its already modest expectations. As was the case with Samuel Goldwyn's 90 Minutes in Heaven last weekend, potential for Captive was clearly limited by the continued success of War Room.

On the platform front, Lionsgate's Sicario was off to a strong start with $401,288 from 6 locations. That gave the crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin a per-location average of $66,881 for the frame. Sicario will expand into wide release on October 2nd.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Sep. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$3,428,166-33%2,730--$1,256$13,152,6831Open Road
2Finding Nemo 3D$2,719,241-40%2,9040$936$30,175,4492Disney
3Trouble with the Curve$2,679,735-50%3,212--$834$12,162,0401Warner Bros.
4House at the End of the Street$2,287,860-57%3,083--$742$12,287,2341Relativity Media
5Resident Evil: Retribution$1,848,536-36%3,0164$613$33,469,5302Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$1,640,470-32%2,506--$655$6,278,4911Lionsgate
7ParaNorman$753,711-33%1,617-709$466$52,582,7286Focus
8The Possession$586,032-53%2,598-262$226$45,291,6174Lionsgate
9Lawless$566,093-44%2,614-449$217$34,477,1344Weinstein Company
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$415,755-44%1,752-663$237$48,655,8286Disney
11The Expendables 2$377,593-45%1,820-1076$207$83,019,8056Lionsgate
12The Bourne Legacy$343,440-56%1,431-739$240$110,402,5757Universal
132016: Obama's America$262,413-32%1,216--$216$32,022,60111Rocky Mountain Pictures
14The Campaign$260,549-54%1,250-752$208$84,986,2017Warner Bros.
15Hope Springs (2012)$195,348-52%1,147-799$170$62,154,3837Sony / Columbia
16The Words$170,875-52%1,247-1554$137$11,000,2113CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$161,166-28%1,064--$151$2,765,5352Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,046,795-46%788783$1,328$5,446,9752Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$309,898-49%948-633$327$443,124,01410Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$284,447-51%24447$1,166$3,858,2072Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$181,151-39%130-2$1,393$1,977,5282UTV Communications
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$159,532-39%420-121$380$158,561,29211Fox
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$99,491-39%374-217$266$47,779,3188Fox
7Heroine$90,590-42%114--$795$389,9011UTV Communications
8Premium Rush$82,378-52%567-772$145$19,665,1025Sony / Columbia
9Total Recall (2012)$72,839-42%32219$226$58,462,9508Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$66,031-38%240-66$275$215,896,45116Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Amazing Spider-Man$64,413-44%253-75$255$261,471,26812Sony / Columbia
12Ted (2012)$61,530-45%293-118$210$217,838,90013Universal
13The Intouchables$45,076-50%156-24$289$12,253,18318Weinstein Company
14Step Up Revolution$37,887-43%182-86$208$34,960,0689Lionsgate / Summit
15For A Good Time, Call...$36,085-42%105-2$344$1,084,2524Focus
16Hit and Run$34,123-43%291-360$117$13,606,2185Open Road
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,345-42%132-80$253$10,902,97313Fox Searchlight
18Moonrise Kingdom$31,738-44%120-37$264$45,161,62318Focus
19Sparkle (2012)$29,884-53%206-288$145$24,259,8916Sony / TriStar
20The Cold Light of Day$10,941-62%155-1356$71$3,691,3943Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$56,824-34%4--$14,206$228,3591Lionsgate / Summit
2My Uncle Rafael$35,538-9%14--$2,538$109,7481Rocky Mountain Pictures
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$21,506-37%85-237$253$3,055,3033Paramount
4To the Arctic 3D$21,118-44%520$406$8,657,38223Warner Bros. / IMAX
510 Years$17,354-44%4340$404$105,1132Anchor Bay Films
6The Watch$13,516-45%77-61$176$34,232,6509Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,950-33%47-33$254$46,263,06121Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,946-34%330$180$20,885,55377Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$5,256-37%40-6$131$3,958,04516FilmDistrict
10Ruby Sparks$5,045-42%43-27$117$2,478,2549Fox Searchlight
11Magic Mike$4,491-46%55-60$82$113,709,99213Warner Bros.
12Toys in the Attic$2,046-18%6--$341$48,5623Hannover House
13The Apparition$1,961-67%35-33$56$4,860,4875Warner Bros.
14Husbands In Goa$1,159-48%7--$166$4,4831UTV Communications
15Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$8842%70$126$3,371,4697ARC Entertainment
16Cosmopolis$660-43%9-22$73$757,5666Entertainment One Films
17Mugamoodi$553-55%1-2$553$101,9114UTV Communications
18Branded$106-18%2-78$53$353,2273Roadside Attractions